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Bettye LaVette: The Scene of the Crime
Buy! - (Anti-)
The veteran soul singer follows up her excellent 2005 comeback release I’ve Got My Own Hell to Raise with an album that cuts even deeper. 35 years after Atlantic Records declined to release what many regard at LaVette’s soul masterpiece, the Muscle Shoals-produced Child of the Seventies, LaVette returns to “the scene of the crime,” the legendary Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, accompanied by Drive-By Truckers along with famed soul keyboardist Spooner Oldham. While the Truckers at first might seem like an odd choice for the backing band, they’ve never sounded so supple and soulful as they do here. Still, this is LaVette’s showcase, and she proves it with one stunning performance after another. She remains a masterful singer, taking songs from a variety of sources ranging from Willie Nelson to Elton John and transforming them into personal tales of revenge, sorrow and redemption. 9/5/2007 - Don Yates
Other Bettye LaVette album reviews:

Thankful N' Thoughtful - 9/7/2012
Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook - 5/18/2010
I've Got My Own Hell to Raise - 8/30/2005